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Perfect Crime

Members say: Disappointing, Confusing, Dated, Slow, Excruciating
3 reviews
201 reviews

A long running psychological murder mystery (the longest-running play in New York) in a very small theatre in the heart of midtown.

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The longest-running play in New York City's history takes place in the home of a wealthy psychiatrist, Margaret Brent, who is accused of murdering her husband. A handsome detective thinks he has it all figured out, but Margaret's husband's murder is only the beginning of what may just be the perfect crime.

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Price does not include $1.50 facility fee. Offer may be revoked at any time. Blackout dates may apply. Please contact the box office at (212) 921-7862 with any questions. Offer is subject to change and may be revoked any time. Performance is subject to change, please see ticketing site. Perfect Crime is the longest running play in the history of New York theater, either on or Off-Broadway. The cast has changed over the years but leading lady Catherine Russell has remained with the show from the very first performance in 1987 and has missed only four of the (now) over 9,000 performances

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Reviews (204)

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The New York Times

"But if you stick with the story - and considering the turgid performances, that's asking a lot - it does make sense and even has a certain thematic elegance. As the illusions reveal themselves, a confusion and sense of terror slowly build. Or at least that's what should happen if the production wasn't so lethargic." Full Review

New York Daily News

"There's just no killing New York's currently longest-running play. On Sunday, Warren Manzi's 1987 murder mystery, directed by Jeffrey Hyatt, hits a major mile-marker: 10,000 performances. Having never seen the show before, the time seemed right. As of No. 9,980, there's still life in the modestly diverting thriller." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"In the face of awkward segues within the characters’ dialogue and the lack of chemistry, Perfect Crime is still an intriguing thriller full of unexpected twists and turns. It will leave you unsettled and questioning the motives of its characters like any suspenseful piece of work will do. And in my opinion, that is its strongest asset." Full Review

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Indulgent, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you want to see the longest-running Off-Broadway show, are a fan of Lifetime movies, or delight in the trends of the 80's.

Don't see it if you demand nuance from your "mysteries."

Also The show is entertaining and fast-paced, but it's certainly dated. The... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Slow, So-so writing

See it if You want to be able to say you've seen the "longest-running play" in New York.

Don't see it if Bad acting will (understandably) bother you. You're sensitive to loud noises. You'll have a hard time following a very convoluted plot.

Also I honestly could not figure out how on Earth the show had been running... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Dated

See it if you like a murder mystery type of show. Confusing at parts, slow at parts and awful at parts.

Don't see it if if you don't like slow, baseless shows that can put you to sleep at different times. I cannot figure how this show has lasted so long, was n

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like mystery

Don't see it if you don't like mystery

Excruciating, Bad acting, Painful, Laughable

See it if You like to see shows so bad that they are good. You get free tickets. Bad acting, bad plots amuse you.

Don't see it if You care about theater. You expect decent acting, decent plot when seeing a show. It's laughable & shouldn't be.


See it if If you dislike mysteries. You will be glad you dislike mysteries and never see one again.

Don't see it if If you like a good ending to a mystery.

Must see, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You want to see a lady-robot in human body.

Don't see it if You have to pay full price

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You have seen every murder mystery of the past, and you need to support yet another show about a murder mystery - no matter how amateurish:(

Don't see it if You are interested in seeing a show that's linear in plot; You don't like acting that seems cartoonish and fake: like a parody of a mystery.

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent

See it if Engrossing murder mystery with a determined detective and an engaging male psychiatric patient who wears women's dresses (fun to watch!)

Don't see it if The current cast is really top-notch and I highly enjoyed the show (wasn't hard at all to follow; not sure why there is so much negativity.)

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if You just want to check this one off the list. It is the longest running play in New York!

Don't see it if You think you're going to see an interesting thriller or murder mystery. Be warned, it's awful.

Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're desperate for a thriller. But, you'll be sorry you wasted your time.

Don't see it if I can't believe this is still running. They must get the theater rent-free.

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Very confusing show

Don't see it if Don't see it

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you are masochistic and want to torture yourself for a few hours

Don't see it if you expect good theater

Also HOW could this possibly be running for so long!?

Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Dated

See it if you like campy murder mysteries and want to see an example of a play that makes you wonder how it could possibly still be running

Don't see it if you want to enjoy a good evening of theater

Original, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like mysteries and good acting

Don't see it if you don't like mysteries or plays

Absorbing, Riveting, Cliched, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you'll enjoy a classic murder mystery with an involved plot,

Don't see it if you won't enjoy a slow moving murder mystery,

Also The show has been around for a decade plus, at different theaters, so ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You like off-broadway and like murder mysteries. Don't have great expectations it's a play. Be entertained. Relax and enjoy the show.

Don't see it if You don't like murder mysteries. Don't see it if you like fast paced shows.

Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like a well acted, quirky, suspenseful play that has been running in nyc for years

Don't see it if you don't want to have to think or pay attention to the plot


See it if You want to waste your money

Don't see it if Save your money

Funny, Must see, Quirky, Dated

See it if you want to see the longest-running off-Broadway play WITH THE ORIGINAL STAR! Fun time if you go in with no expectations at all.

Don't see it if you want good, serious theatre.

Disappointing, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if Was just ok. Good in parts, boring in parts

Don't see it if You expect anything more than mediocre

Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Slow, Dated

See it if If you're old, like really old & like "Matlock"..This show is SO dated... I understand it has longest-TENURED actress, but, OMG! SNOOZEFEST

Don't see it if You want something up-to-date

Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Dated, Awkward

See it if Want to see a murder mystery

Don't see it if Want to see actors who don't look like they are falling asleep onstage. Or see actors kiss so awkwardly its uncomfortable.

Clever, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a classic off Broadway show. It's been around forever.

Don't see it if You're looking for a great show. It's ok but far from great.

Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if No reason. I walked out at intermission. Terrible. For the life of me - I have no idea why it's been playing this long.

Don't see it if You don't want to throw away you money on a cliched stupid "mystery" that isn't very mysterious.